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Leadership in a Time of Crisis

First elected to the Dayton City Commission in 2005, Nan Whaley  was the youngest woman ever chosen for a commission seat. She was elected as Dayton’s mayor in 2013 by a double-digit majority. In 2017 she was re-elected mayor without opposition, a first in Dayton's history. As mayor, she has focused on the areas of community development, manufacturing, and women and children. 

Throughout her time as mayor, Whaley has become a visible leader throughout her city and its greater region, spearheading an education overhaul and taking on the opioid crisis. But 2019 has also brought its share of challenges including a clash between white supremacists and counter-protestors, a series of tornados that caused catastrophic damage, and a mass shooting that resulted in nine deaths and led Whaley to become a leading voice for gun control. 


The Honorable Nan Whaley
Mayor of Dayton

Nicolette Jaworski
Director of External Affairs for AT&T

Dan Moulthrop
CEO, The City Club of Cleveland

Natalia Garcia is a digital producer for the education team at Ideastream Public Media.